Automating the Document Change Process

Smiths Aerospace tries automated workflow solution to streamline engineering document change process

Dayton, Ohio  January 2, 2003  Smiths Aerospace has implemented an electronic document management system and workflow solution from Document Imaging Solutions (DIS) in a bid to automate and streamline its engineering document change process.

With 12,000 employees and revenues of $2 billion, Smiths Aerospace, a part of Smiths Group, holds key positions in the supply chains of all major military and civil aircraft and engine manufacturers and is a world leader in electronic systems, actuation systems, precision components and detection systems.

Smiths is implementing DIS' e-DMS/Workflow solution, a document management system for enterprise networks, corporate Intranets and the Internet. DIS said the solution manages documents throughout their lifecycle, from authoring and/or capture through review, approval, distribution and archiving.

According to Smiths, configuration management is critical within its industry, and the new solution will assist in proving to the company's customers that Smiths has this process well under control.

The aerospace company asked DIS for a document management solution that would shorten its change approval process and increase productivity for all phases of document change approvals from internal departments, external customers and government agencies.

DIS worked with the manager of engineering services at Smiths to understand the company's legacy document change system and then used e-DMS/Workflow to develop a custom electronic engineering document change workflow solution, as well as a parts list database management, viewing and reporting solution.

By using the new system, Smiths anticipates that it will be able to eliminate time-consuming, manual tasks involved in the legacy current system, improving both efficiency and productivity.

Smiths Aerospace and DIS are near completion of the beta test of the new system, and the system is due to be deployed into live production for companywide use.